You’ve read all of the Austen novels, including the juvenilia and incomplete works. You might be going through the common withdrawals, longing for the dashing young men of large fortune in waistcoats and witty language spoken to you. Unfortunately, Austen is will not be writing any more new books but you have writers who are either devoted “Janeites” like us who want to see her stories continue on or writers who created similar plot lines but will have Austen lover fall head over heels for the story . So here are ten books that won’t replace Austen, but definitely will fix that missing space your heart.
*A lot of these adaptations are based off from Pride and Prejudice, which is understandable since that is Austen’s most popular book.*
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The relationship between Margaret Hale and Mr. Thornton is a lot like Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy. However, this honest portrayal of Victorian England will have you try to guess if you are reading an Austen novel, even if they are at least 50 years apart.
Pride and Prejudice story…told through the servants. Although it could have been better, it is a good retelling for any Austen fan.
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
Ever wondered if Elizabeth and Darcy could solve a mystery? Probably not, but it is interesting to see two favorite characters thrown into a country house murder.
Letters from Pemberley: The First Year by Jane Dawkins
An epistolary novel that gives us readers a chance to read more about Elizabeth’s inner most thoughts during her first year of marriage to Darcy.
If you enjoyed the first one, then you will like this one.
The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini
This is not, I repeat, not a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, however, it has a lot of the same heart and humor that you will find this to be an enjoyable story.
Mr. Darcy’s Daughters by Elizabeth Aston
A classic tale of history repeating itself. It was a cute and romantic continuation.
I haven’t read these three but I have heard good things and they are very popular so I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and suggest them:
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld